aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

If you want something done right . . .

Long ago, when we had the School of the Prophets in Indiana, I and a few others would fill out our evaluations every year asking for something better than we were getting in terms of classes and speakers. Now, I'm looking over the dreary parade of Usual Suspects featured at Annual Conference and the Our Life Together clergy retreat, and I think: Maybe it's time to organize something else.

Maybe only a few ortho-geeks would tune in, but how about a small clergy conference featuring some Church history? Worship in Old English and Latin? A seminar on the evangelistic methods of the early Middle Ages that converted western Europe so effectively? Something on Bede or Boethius? The examination of conscience in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? The competing codes of Courtly Love and Christian Agape as a means of shedding light on today's spiritual-social-sexual slovenliness? A seminar on eucharistic doctrine that really examines the core of the debate over the Real Presence that happened in the 800s?

Anything's better than one more institutional pep rally or a how-to on the Emergent Church.

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